Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 4th June, 2019 2.30 pm

Venue: Bridges Room - Civic Centre

Contact: Sonia Stewart, email:  soniastewart@gateshead.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

LC64

Apologies for absence

LC65

Constitution pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Report of the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Constitution of the Committee and the appointment of the Chair and Vice Chair for the municipal year 2019/20 were noted.

LC66

Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of the last meeting held on 25 September 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2018 were agreed as a correct record.

LC67

Hearings and Reviews before Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

The Committee received a report providing details of Hearings and Reviews which have taken place before the sub-committee between 1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019.

 

RESOLVED -  that the information be noted.

LC68

Appeals and Prosecutions pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

The Committee received a report detailing licensing related appeals and prosecutions between 18 September 2018 and 20 May 2019.

 

RESOLVED - that the information be noted

LC69

Licences, Notifications, Permits and Registrations issued under the Gambling Act 2005 pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Development and Enterprise

Minutes:

The Committee received a report providing details of Licences, Notifications, Permits and Registrations issued under the Gambling Act 2005 between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019.

 

RESOLVED -  that the information be noted.

LC70

Licences and Certificates issued under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Development and Enterprise

Minutes:

The Committee received a report detailing the numbers of Licenses and Certificates issued under delegated powers between 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019.

 

RESOLVED -  that the information be noted.

LC71

Other Applications and Notifications processed under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Development and Enterprise

Minutes:

The Committee received a report providing details of other applications and notifications processed under the Licensing Act 2003 between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019.

 

RESOLVED -  that the information be noted

LC72

Local Licensing Guidance pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

The Committee received a report providing an update regarding the Local Licensing Guidance which is published in accordance with the Statement of Licensing Policy.

 

Paragraphs 3.17 – 3.20 of the Statement of Licensing Policy state that from time to time the Council will produce ‘Local Licensing Guidance’ to assist applicants and licensees in their understanding of local issues pertinent to their licensing obligations.

(https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/media/2465/LICENSING-POLICY-2016-2021/pdf/LICENSING-POLICY-2016-2021.pdf)

 

The Council has produced an interactive mapping tool to enable free and ready access to data relevant to different locations across the Borough, as follows:-

http://gis-gateshead.gov.uk/gatesheadmaps/HALO/app.html

 

This tool is regularly updated to ensure that the most up to date information available is included.

 

Applicants are encouraged to use this tool prior to submitting their application, to help them shape their operating schedule. Licensees are encouraged to use the tool to ensure that their operating schedule remains appropriate over time.

 

RESOLVED -  that the information be noted

LC73

Update on Changes to the Maximum Stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Communities and Environment

Minutes:

The Committee received a report updating them on changes to the maximum stakes on fixed odd betting terminals.

 

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, which contain a variety of games, including roulette. Each machine accepts bets for amounts up to a pre-set maximum and pays out according to fixed odds on the simulated outcomes of games.

                                                      

The Gambling Act 2005 classifies FOBTs as B2 gaming machines and allows up to four machines in betting premises. There are around 33,000 B2 machines in Great Britain (Gambling Commission statistics, November 2018). Until this year the maximum stake on a single bet was £100.

 

FOBTs are controversial as critics suggest that it is possible to lose large amounts of money and claim that the machine have a casual role in problem gambling.

 

The gambling industry says there is no evidence of a casual link between B2s and problem gambling. Academic research suggest that the cause of problem gambling are complex and are not well understood.

 

In October 2017, the Department for Digital, Culture. Media and Sport (DCMS) announced a range of proposals to strengthen protections around gambling. These included lowering the maximum stake on FOBTs to between £50 and £2. A consultation on the proposals, including the level of the new stake, closed on 23 January 2018.

 

On 17 May 2018, the DCMS announced that the maximum stake would be lowered to £2.

 

The October 2018 Budget report stated that the reduced stake would come into effect in October 2019. Critics argued that this could put the lives of problem gamblers at risk. Tracey Crouch, the Sports Minister, resigned over the “delayed” implementation, claiming that it was “unjustifiable”.

 

On 5 November 2018, the Chancellor told the Treasury Select Committee that the Government had to implement the new stake “in a way that is balanced and fair and allows for an orderly transition”. However, amendments to the Finance Bill to bring the implementation date forward to April 2019 attracted cross-party support.

 

On Monday 1 April 2019 the reduction of the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) came into effect. The reduction in maximum stakes saw stakes reduced from £100 to £2.

 

Within days however, some bookmakers were accused of bypassing FOBT rules with new roulette-style games. It was reported in the press that some bookmakers launched high-stakes roulette-style games on the same day restrictions on the machines came into force.

 

Betfred began offering a roulette-style game called Virtual Cycling, that allows gamblers to place bets on a piece of paper obtained over the counter, showing a graphic similar to a roulette table. The game features a maximum stake of £500.

 

Similarly, Paddy Power launched a betting game called Pick ‘n’ 36 and featuring a maximum stake of £100. Paddy Power’s game lets players bet on numbers between 1 and 36, as well as on other eventualities similar to roulette. A TV screen displays “hot” and “cold” numbers, giving the impression that the numbers selected are not  ...  view the full minutes text for item LC73

LC74

Licensing Appeals - Case Study

Presentation by Litigation Manager, Corporate Service and Governance

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation on Licensing Appeals undertaken, by the way of a recent case study.

 

RESOLVED -  that the information be noted.